I started my law firm in 1982 in San Francisco. After the earthquake in 1989 I moved my practice to Oakland so that one of us would be near the kids during the day. I have respresented thousands of labor and employment law clients.
My cases have included claims for wage and hour violations, minimum wage and overtime, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and civil rights violations.
My litigation experience includes civil trials, arbitration, federal and state appeals, administrative hearings and mediation. I also provide mediation services to parties before and during litigation. I have appeared before California Courts of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, United States District Court in the Northern and Central Districts, California Superior Courts, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the United States Department of Labor, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the National Association of Securities Dealer (now FINRA), and the American Arbitration Association.
On behalf of my clients I have filed lawsuits in court and in arbitration, and administrative claims, against the following employers or disability plans (partial list):
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, The Permanente Medical Group, Shields Harper & Company, Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., Denny’s, Inc., Blackhawk Information Services, Inc., City of Berkeley, Alameda County Medical Center, Downtown Auto Center, East Bay Conservation Corp., The May Department Stores Company, KSL Claremont Resort, Inc., Adhesives Coating Company, Cinder Block, Inc., Douglas Parking LLC, Barber Auto Sales, Inc., Seagate Technology, San Francisco Printing Company, The Altenheim, Inc., La Tapatia Norcal, Inc., Tosco Refining Company, Inc., Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc., Monex Deposit Company, H & R Block, San Pablo Casino, The Nicest Guys Around, Inc., Providian Financial Corporation, Tempcare LLC, Life Insurance Company of North American dba Cigna Disability Management Solutions, Ex’pression Center For New Media, Inc., The Picture People, Inc., Penhall Company.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Judicial Extern||California Court of Appeal, First District||1979|
|Law Review||Golden Gate University School of Law||1978|
|Attorney||Law Office of Alexander G. van Broek||1982 - Present|
|Law Clerk for discrimination cases||Law Office of Carol Silver & Arthur Siegel||1979 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Emeritus, Labor & Employment Section Ex.Comm.||2008 - Present|
|Workers' Rights Clinic, Employment Law Center||Volunteer Mentor||2004 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association Fee Dispute Panel||Arbitrator||2004 - Present|
|Alameda - Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|Oakland Police Review Board||Commissioner||1992 - 1995|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|California State Bar Fee Dispute Panel||Arbitrator||1984 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association||Arbitrator||1984 - 1990|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||1982 - Present|
|9 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.||Forced Early Retirement and Section 4(f)(2) of the ADEA - Discretion Allowed||1978|
|San Francisco State University Master's Thesis||Personality Correlates of Prisoner's Dilemma Play: Mental Ablities, MMPI and Field Independence||1972|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|San Francisco State University||Psychology||M.A.||1972|
|University of California - Berkeley||Psychology||B.A.||1959|
|MCLE Program Panelist||Pre-Litigation Mediation||2009|
|MCLE Program Panelist||Hot Button Issues in Employment Mediation||2007|
|Guest Lecture - Mediation Seminar||Prisoner's Dilemma: Emotional & Cognitive Issues in Mediation||2007|
|Bridging the Gap Panelist||Building Your Practice Through Lawyer Referrals||2006|